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The Inner-Workings of a Toilet

Posted on: January 18, 2017

Here at Lighten Up, we take pride in our toilet installation services. Now, we understand that toilets probably aren’t your favorite topic to talk about over lunch with your coworkers. We also understand that, unless you’re the proud owner of an ever famous “golden throne” (seriously, there are toilets worth over $1 million dollars, and are literally plated in gold), it’s likely that you don’t go around bragging about your house of lords to your friends and loved ones. Yes, the toilet is likely one of the most “hush-hush” fixtures of the household. Unless, that is, if it stops working! Here at Lighten Up, we are always happy to hear about and help fix your clogged toilet. However, asking our specialists for maintenance tips at the time of your toilet installation can help you shift your plumbing budget away from things such as toilet repair and replacement, and towards that gold plated, luxurious loo of your dreams.

Why You Should Call Lighten Up

If you’re feeling tense about your toilet problems, Lighten Up! We take pride in our knowledge of your bathroom appliances, and we love talking about them! Lighten Up has quite a few maintenance tips to keep your toilet running smoothly, and are happy to share our money saving secrets with you when you utilize our toilet installation services!

Avoid Costly Repairs

In the United States, the average cost to hire a plumber is around anywhere from $160 to $430 per project. Broken down, that is $45 to $150 per hour. Of course, a need for some parts will tack on an additional fee. Some plumbers charge a flat rate. For clogged toilets, the repair costs can easily run upwards of $600! If you have to call a plumber for a clogged toilet only 1,667 times in your life span, you could have easily bought yourself a golden throne. Typical replacement parts for toilets average only around $5 to $50 each, depending on the brand of toilet and parts needed. If you know what these parts are, and how they work, you may be able to save yourself some cash! Keep in mind that neglected plumbing carries numerous “hidden” costs as well!

Plumbing emergencies

It’s extremely important to ensure all your plumbing problems get immediate attention, even if they seem minor. Calling Lighten Up for plumbing maintenance can ensure everything is working properly, as well as give you peace of mind knowing any minor issue will be brought to light before it becomes a problem. In addition to the maintenance we provide, Lighten Up would be happy to go over maintenance tips you could do yourself during your next plumbing service!

Unknowingly causing problems

Many products today like to advertise themselves as “safe to flush”. However, listening to the label can be a costly mistake! You should never, (yes, even if the package says to do it) flush anything other than toilet paper down your toilet. These items are not made for your toilet or plumbing system! Flushing them may cause extensive damage, as well as issues such as raw sewage on your property, bursting pipes, expensive bills, clogged drains, and some seriously embarrassing conversations with your neighbors. Don’t give into package pressure! When in doubt if something is “flushable” call Provident Plumbing for clarification!

What You Should Know

Toilets break. We know it stinks, but it happens. Occasionally, a broken toilet is a minor fix that you can do yourself! This means avoiding awkward conversations with your local plumber, and mourning the loss of the contents of your wallet. Here are some simple fixes that you may be able to take on without our help. As always, when in doubt, call Lighten Up for more information to avoid a costly mistake.

Here are some easy toilet fixes to keep in mind:

  • Flapper: When you push down on the handle, the flapper lifts, which allows water to flow through the trap and into the sewer; without it, water would flow continuously
  • Flange and Wax Ring: The flange and wax ring hold your toilet to the ground and ensures water doesn’t leak
  • Tank: This is the “brains” of the toilet and is also the largest part. It pushes water down the main sewage pipe and refills the toilet bowl with water. Once it empties, a refill mechanism kicks in that refills the tank with new water.
  • Float Ball: This prevents water from entering the toilet tank by rising to an angle that closes the flapper.
  • Trip Lever: The trip lever lifts the flapper to flush the toilet.. Plastic trip levers are growing in popularity, but are more apt to deteriorate.
  • Bowl: As it has been for centuries, toilet bowls are made from porcelain (and occasionally, solid gold). This is due to porcelain’s durability, ability to shrug off water, ease to clean, and relatively low cost. The bowl is the first place all of your goods go before being flushed down the drain.
  • Overflow Tube: The overflow tube empties directly into the bowl. It prevents the tank from overflowing by directing extra water into the bowl. This serves as one way to ensure that your floor doesn’t become saturated with water or sewage.
  • Refill Tube: The refill tube directs water into the overflow tube. The water then fills the bowl after each flush. It is meant to maintain the water level in the bowl.
  • Stop Valve: Arguably the most important part for homeowners to know, the stop valve can be closed or opened by hand at will. Closing the stop valve prevents water from refilling the pipes, thereby preventing flooding. It is located in the back of the toilet, close to the ground.
  • Supply Tube: This is the most common area to replace when a toilet leaks. It connects the toilet tank to the water supply valve.

Flush away your worry! Call Lighten Up today and ask about our toilet installation services!

Don’t Get Caught in the Dark Next Time Your Toilet Stops Working! Call Lighten Up Today! Ask About Our Toilet Installation Services!

 

 

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